Anchorsholme Academy Primary are a singing sensation!

The pure sound of the choralists at Anchorsholme Academy, Thornton-Cleveleys are celebrating after being crowned Lancashire County Champions at the Last Choir Singing Competition in Blackburn on Friday 21st June 2019.

The win marked the culmination of a three month selection process involving almost 1,600 school children from 52 primary schools and seven regional heats in different parts of Lancashire.

Anchorsholme headteacher, Graeme Dow said: “Friday was a very special evening and we are still coming to terms with the achievement. We were honoured to be the first ever Winners and we are now even more honoured to have been chosen for a second time. The quality of the choirs this year was exceptional. We are so proud to have been chosen as the Winners out of such an amazing group of choirs.”

Competition judge, Chris Eaton who has judged the competition since it was launched 5 years ago said:  “I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the evening and, as always, was so impressed and blessed by the wonderful children and the efforts of all the schools! As a dad of a 6 and a half year old, it felt even more special for me to see the passion and wonderful expression of so many children.”

The youngsters performed two songs in the final to impress the judges.

Anchorsholme Academy chose ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen and the set piece song all the finalists had to sing – Believe was composed by Fylde Accountant, Simon Cox which won Last Choir Singing’s song-writing competition in December of last year.

Norbreck Primary Academy from Blackpool, last year’s competition winners, was first runner-up, Tarleton Community Primary second runner-up, Best Newcomer went to St Saviours C of E from Ringley and Ightenhill County Primary won the Artistic Expression Award

The competition, now in its fifth year, is organised by Euxton based True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners.  More than 8,000 children have taken part so far.

‘That was the best night of my life’ said one child


George Critchley, chairman of True Bearing, said: It was pure joy seeing the children tonight so happy in performing something they love to do.  Last Choir Singing is our way of giving something back to the community.  It is important that children have a chance to participate in the arts.  The competition teaches them discipline and teamwork and they experience the pure joy of singing.”